With Easter done and dusted for another year, we head into an uninterrupted run of games, all the way till the Queen’s Birthday in June.
While this is good for those who love darts, it also means we have no more long weekends for at least a couple of months.
The Easter break must have done players a world of good as the quality of darts this week was sensational.
First cab off the rank were the Royal Rascals, who toed the line against the Broadford Vikings at the Royal Hotel.
The Vikings went into the match as clear favourite against an undermanned Rascals outfit, but the home team took the fight right up to them with the match only being decided in the last game of the night. The Vikings pinching a 6-5 win to keep them equal ladder leaders.
The Rascals’ Noel Whittling was in fine form again, finishing the night with two tons, 135 and high finishes of 55 and 52.
John Crockett scored a ton and 124 while his brother Stuart finished the night with 120 and Brendan Rogers slammed in a ton and game high peg of 79.
The visitors’ highlights included two tons, 108 and 125 to captain Mark Jones, Mark Ruddick chipped in with two tons and Peter Myles found the treble 20 at ease, finishing the night with five tons and 140.
Jayde Pearson had a night to remember, throwing two tons, 125 and her first competition 180.
Game 2 pitted the POW 26ers against the Golf Club Aces. With the 26ers looking to solidify their top four credentials, this looked like a mouth-watering match up. But like all good teams that are challenged, the Aces rose to the occasion, dominating the night and taking home a 9-2 victory to keep them firmly entrenched at the top end of the ladder.
The Aces’ dominance came mainly from Dan Raynor, who went into beast mode, throwing an impressive nine tons, two 121s and missing out on a 160 peg by ‘‘this much’’. He was well supported by Frank Roberts who nailed two tons, 115 and 140. Emily Wills was quiet yet contributed 140, and Dave Ring speared in 119, 123 and the game high peg of 79.
The 26ers were well served by captain Steve Ash who led from the front and finished with three tons, 119, 121 and two 140s; Ayden Ballantyne finished the with a ton and 138; Mitch McGuinness chipped in with a ton and 125; Shannon Jackson scored a ton; and Ben MacPherson smashed in a 124 to round out the match highlights.
The POW Kings went head to head with co-tenant the POW Misfits in a cracking match-up between two evenly placed teams.
The Kings’ got off to a good start leading 3-1 before the Misfits, led by Michelle Halfpenny, shifted up a gear to secure a come-from-behind 6-5 victory which sees them move back into the top four.
The Kings’ Terran Crispin was a standout for the home team, finishing the night with three tons, 121, 125 and 135; Jeff Rhue chucked 112 and 121; Jarrod Duggin slammed in 120; and Shane Rhue chipped in with a ton.
Brian Forge lobbed in 120 and 140 for the Misfits; Geoff Maggs had a quiet night but snagged a ton and 125; Aaron Ballantyne continues his rising star trajectory, finishing the night with two tons and 120; and captain Michelle Halfpenny kickstarted the fight back and scored 115, 125 and 131.
Next up the Renegades hosted the POW Rebels at the Railway Hotel, and the Renegades proving too strong on the night, taking home the chocolates with a 9-2 win that sees the ‘Gades move up to eighth position on the ladder.
Highlights for the home team included a 171 attempt by captain Tammy Kilroy, narrowly missing a finish on 114; Ricky Kozlowski was on his game and finished the night with a 120 to go with two singles victories; Scott Oakley landed 120; and Steve Bertucci nailed a ton as well as the game high peg of 61 in another promising display from the ’Gades newest recruit.
The Rebels had a quiet night on the highlights front, with Geoff Dixon and Julie Huskic snaring a single ton each and Teresa Reid top scored for the night with 131.
The final game of the round saw the ladder-leading Lions head to Broadford to face off against the Bottom Pub Pirates on their home turf.
The Pirates came out swinging, going blow for blow against the higher ranking team before the Lions took control of the match with some incredible darts and ran away with a 7-4 victory, keeping them sitting top of the table for the second consecutive week.
The Lions’ Rick Wylie was in the zone finishing the night with a ton, 101, 120 to go along with a team high peg of 68 as well as his first 180 for the season.
Not to be outdone, Gary Power speared in three tons and 140 to go with 180 of his own. Congratulations on your first maximum for the season Gary.
Raymond Maloney was in solid form, finishing the night with three tons and a high peg of 63; Adam Lynch struggled early but warmed into the match, finishing the night with a ton, two 140s and a high peg of 59.
The home team’s highlights weren’t quite as impressive, but Steve Kilroy finished the night with three tons and 140 in a quiet night by his standards. Drew Grantham had an ‘‘almost’’ night and finished with a single ton.
Pirates’ captain Dan Kilroy battled hard and finished the night with three tons, 105, a high peg of 63 as well as the round high peg of 104.
That wraps up another exciting round of matches, with only one more match before we reach the halfway mark of the season — things will start heating up quickly. With limited spots for finals and at least seven teams battling for those four positions, every match up from here on is vital and could make or break a team’s season.
For any aspiring dart players, the Seymour Darts and Royals Cricket Club have teamed up to host monthly singles tournaments open to everyone that would like to participate.
The next tournament will be held Sunday, April 22 from 11am at the Royals Cricket Club room on Pollard St. You can check out the details on the website or just turn up on the day.